The Proud Trust is a lifesaving and life enhancing organisation that helps empower young LGBT+ people to make a positive change for themselves and their communities. We do this through youth groups; one-to-one support; managing the LGBT+ Centre for Manchester; delivery of training and events; campaigns; undertaking research; and creating resources.
We are now seeking a capable, organised and experienced manager to join our team to run the LGBT+ Centre.
This vacancy is for a:
• 30 hours per week 12 months fixed term post (with potential to extend the role, funding dependent)
• Full time equivalent rate of £31,334.75, plus 5% pension contributions
About the role
The Proud Trust delivers youth work and one-to-one support across Greater Manchester and Cheshire, as well as a number of projects benefiting young people. The charity also runs national and regional networks; a national training and inclusion programme for schools and professions and a national digital help service. The youth groups have been delivered from the LGBT+ Centre since the 1980s when the building was first built.
For the past six years we have fundraised £2.4mn to demolish the old single storey LGBT+ Centre building and replace it with a three storey building, to increase the breadth, depth and reach of our work.
The Centre has been a home for many other community groups too, including AA, NA, the Lesbian Immigration Support Group, Edward Carpenter Community, Rainbow Noir and many other grassroots groups including trans adult groups. It has provided many functions over the years, including meeting space, a community café, a centre for activism, a locus for heritage and arts projects and much more.
We are seeking a motivated and skilled person who has a diverse skill set from health and safety management through to realising the full ambition and potential of the new building. You will be responsible for the day-to-day health and safety and operations of the building; its strategic plans; income generation; developing and overseeing a new staff team to support the work of the Centre and promoting the profile of the building including through the press.
If you have a good eye for details and enjoy schedules and systems, you will be suited to many parts of this role. Facilities Management and Health and Safety training courses will be provided for anyone successful for the role who does not have any existing qualifications/training in these.
Through the leadership of the new Manager, the centre will be vibrant, accessible, as well as safe and financially viable.
You will be joining a caring and dedicated team, passionate about opportunities for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans inclusion and equality, and about safeguarding all the people we work with.
Successful applicants will be full of excitement and ideas for what they would like the LGBT+ Centre to achieve and how it can best serve the wider LGBT+ Community of Greater Manchester, and will be supported by The Proud Trust to make those ideas a reality!
The post holder will ensure that all health and safety in the new building is Covid-19 secure/ compliant with government guidelines.
Successful applicants will need to be legally allowed to work in the UK, will need to undertake an enhanced DBS check, and will need to provide references.
The 30 weekly contracted hours can be worked over a pattern agreed between the successful candidate and The Proud Trust. Due to the nature of the work, applicants must be able to commit to working both some daytimes and some evenings and/or weekends, and to have emergency on call responsibilities.
The Proud Trust wants to draw from the widest possible talent pool and is always keen to receive applications from people from under-represented groups within the LGBT+ youth work, and voluntary sectors. These groups include but are not limited to Black people and other People of Colour; minoritised ethnicities; trans and non-binary people; LGB people; and those who consider themselves to have a disability.
33% of the City of Manchester residents are of Black, Asian or other minoritised heritages, and a key priority for the organisation is to ensure that the Centre adequately serves LGBT+ people of colour. We would therefore particularly encourage people with lived experience of being a LGBT+ person of colour to apply for this role.
How to apply
for a full job description and application form.
Closing and Interview dates
Closing date for applications: 5pm on Sunday 20th June
Shortlisting: Monday 21st June
The interviews for shortlisted candidates will be on the Tuesday 29th June and may be done digitally or in person (tbc). This will consist of a panel, as well as practical exercises or a presentation. Young people will be involved in the process.
The Proud Trust may add a second interview date depending on the number of applications we receive; we will contact shortlisted candidates in good time with the additional date if this is the case.